In a significant judgment on the Vijayakanth Kalayana Mandapam case, the Chennai High Court has ordered the Captain to hand over parts of the Mandapam premises to the Central Government to facilitate building a flyover to ease traffic bottlenecks in the Koyambedu area.
Earlier, the Central Government had issued orders in the year 2004 to take over plots of lands and constructed properties of 161 owners that intervened in the plan for the construction of flyover. Vijayakanth's Kalyana Mandapam fell in the earmarked plan.
Eventually, Vijayakanth, blaming political spoil sport, approached the Chennai high court to ban the seizure of his property. While his petition was rejected, the Captain and his family filed an appeal in this regard seeking redressal of the issue.
After hearing the appeal, the high court issued a judgment ordering Vijayakanth to hand over the required area of his Mandapam to the Central Government within four weeks. The court further stated in its judgment that it did not see any political reprisal in this issue since the Central Government had rejected the alternative plan sent by Minister T.R. Balu in this regard.
The court also turned down requests to delay the surrender since the Mandapam has been booked for weddings for the months March and April